Term 2 – Week 7

Big Idea – The Lord gave His people the Promised Land, but the people must obey God if they are to remain in Land.

Joshua 23:14-24:28

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit is: God always keeps His Promises.

The story so far…. God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, but all of the Exodus generation, including Moses missed out on entering the Promised Land. Only Joshua and Caleb trusted God to keep his promises and give the people the land He promised; therefore, only they were allowed to enter it, so the Israelites wandered around in the desert for 40yrs. God chose Joshua to be the new leader of God’s people. In Joshua 3, the Lord stopped the waters of the Jordan River and Joshua led the people into the Promised Land. In Joshua 6, Joshua led the people in the Battle of Jericho. The Lord was faithful to his promises, the Lord delivered Jericho into the Israelites hands.

Under the mighty hand of God, Joshua led the Israelites into many battles, and they won many of them. Now the land belonged to Israel. God kept his promise to give His people the land. God answered the prayers of His people. He fought for Joshua and the Israelites, saving them and giving them victory over their enemies. In chapter 23–24, Joshua spoke his last words to the nation of Israel before he died. He encouraged them to keep serving God faithfully so they would receive God’s blessings and live long in the Land.

Joshua 23:14-16: Joshua reminds the Israelites of God’s faithfulness to His promises. He says, ‘Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed’ (v.14c). God promised to bless His people if they obeyed, but He also promised to punish them if they turned away from Him and disobeyed. Joshua reminded them that the ‘Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.’ (v.16b)Joshua 24:1-28: Joshua reminds the Israelites of God’s faithfulness to them beginning with Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. God delivered Abraham’s descendants (the Israelites) out of Egypt and brought them into the land He promised and destroyed those who fought against them. He reminds the Israelites that they did nothing but receive God’s gift of the Promised Land. Now, says Joshua, ‘fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness’ (v.14). God has kept his promises to them, now they must obey God so that they can keep enjoying living in the land God has given them. The Israelites in response, promised to serve and obey the Lord (vv.16-18, 21). So, Joshua made a covenant (a binding agreement) between the people and God saying that they would serve and obey Him.  He set up a stone to be a memorial of their covenant with God.  It would always be there to remind them of this agreement to serve and obey.

Outcomes

The children will know that God gave the Land to His people as his Promised People, but He calls his people to faithfulness and obedience.

The children will give thanks to God for his faithfulness to his promises.

The children will keep trusting God and obeying his word.

Songs

My God is so Big (Colin Buchanan – Remember the Lord)

Memory Verse

He said, “I am the Lord, the Lord. I am the God who is tender and kind. I am gracious.

I am slow to get angry. I am faithful and full of love….

But I do not let guilty people go unpunished.

 

Exodus 34:6-7

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